Meet the team
Cat Jones - Head of Partnership
A native Welsh speaker with almost 20 years of international experience, Cat has recently returned to Wales to lead Hub Cymru Africa. Cat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of London.
She has a background working in the field of humanitarian relief and development, with an emphasis on human rights, prevention of violence and the rights of girls and women
After leaving University, Cat worked for the Department for International Development in London before joining Peace Brigades International in Colombia as a volunteer. Since 2003 she has worked for the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and joined the Hub Cymru Africa team in April 2015.
Hannah Sheppard - Grants and Effectiveness Manager
Hannah joined the Welsh Centre for International Affairs after working as a researcher, evaluating projects in Indonesia and Ghana for Gender at Work, and working with Wales Africa Community Links to understand the impact and value of community linking projects between Wales and Africa.
Since completing her MSc in Social Development Policy and Management at Swansea University, Hannah coordinated learning and sharing events for the Welsh Network of Development Researchers and Gender at Work’s Measuring Gender Equality workshop.
Prior to her masters, Hannah lived and worked in Ethiopia, and worked on communications and transparency issues as a consultant for the World Bank, DfID and Save the Children in Ethiopia. Hannah also supported community groups in the UK as they developed their own local infrastructure projects with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and administered through Sustrans. Hannah's career began at the BBC where she was responsible for publicising a wide range of projects including the Prison Radio pilot and various David Attenborough programmes. When not at work, Hannah enjoys living on the Gower, gardening, fishing and wild swimming.
Julian Rosser, Grants and Policy Manager (part-time) / Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator (part-time)
Julian Rosser is from Bridgend in south Wales and started campaigning for CND and the Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement when he was fourteen. He was Local Groups Development Officer, then Director, of Friends of the Earth Cymru, leading the group’s campaign to stop genetically modified crops being grown in Wales and for a strong Welsh response to climate change.
He then worked for Oxfam Cymru as Campaigns Co-ordinator and then acting head, leading the group’s work on climate change and chairing Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and the Disasters Emergency Committee Cymru. He has also been a board member of Fair Trade Wales, worked as an independent consultant and Head of Policy and Communications for sustainability charity Bioregional.
Fadhili Maghiya, Diaspora and Inclusion Officer
With a background in Human Rights and International Development, Fadhili worked as a legal intern for the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, worked for Royal African Society and various volunteering position before joining Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). He spearheaded Common Ground Initiative’s, Africa-UK platform in Wales and currently responsible for coordinating and managing SSAP's Inclusion role within Hub Cymru Africa.
Outside the development sector Fadhili is the founder and curator of Watch-Africa; the first Wales African Film Festival. Fadhili is an avid writer/blogger with keen interest in Africa's development and international affairs.
Elen Jones - Fair Trade Wales National Coordinator (currently seconded to the Future Generations Commission)
Elen is a bi-lingual campaigner who cares about impact. Be it an individual’s impact by making one small change and assisting others to follow suit, to organisations and governments changing policy from the top. It’s all about impact.
Experience in the public sector includes the Benefits Agency, The Welsh Office and Police Complaints Commission and in the private and voluntary sectors from Hyder, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Common Purpose involving the fields of customer service, training, facilitation, event management, community development and project management. Elen enjoys working with motivated and inspiring individuals and groups who want to make a difference.
Elen’s current day to day role is to provide direction for a small team supporting a grass-roots framework of campaigners who wish to provide a better chance for the developing world through education, procurement and policy.
Aileen Burmeister - Fair Trade Wales Programme Manager
Aileen joined Fair Trade Wales after three years in the third sector, working on Wales wide projects and events for Citizens Advice Cymru.
Since completing her degree in International Politics, Aileen has been involved with two local Fair Trade groups in Wales, in Aberystwyth and Cardiff, with an understanding of different groups and geographies in Wales.
Prior to her degree, Aileen was a personal campaigner and event organiser, raising awareness of Fairtrade products and wider issues around world trade and consumption. Aileen has been doing this since the age of eight, when she first learned about Fair Trade.
When not at work, Aileen enjoys reading, comedy panel shows and playing board games.
Beth Kidd - Grants and Development Support Manager (Part Time)
Beth has 11 years of international development experience, both with a donor, an International NGO and at field level in Uganda. Most recently, she was Development Officer for the Wales for Africa Health Links Network where she worked to build the capacity Welsh health professional to deliver health projects across Africa. She also worked as Concern Universal’s International Programme Coordinator where she supported the Country Directors of 10 overseas programmes to access funding, report effectively and monitor their impact.
Beth also worked for Comic Relief for a number of years, most recently as their International Learning Coordinator. In 2007/8 she worked with Visions in Action Uganda, where she coordinated an Information, Education & Communications campaign encouraging war affected youth in the Internally Displaced People’s camps of Kitgum and Gulu in Northern Uganda to access HIV testing, treatment and counselling.
Liz Rees - Grants Support Officer
After graduating with a BA in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting from Cardiff University, Liz stumbled fortuitously into an international field through an initially temporary role at the Immigration Advisory Service, providing legal advice and guidance to immigrants and asylum seekers seeking to enter or remain in the UK. It was here that she developed a passion for multi-culturalism and cross-cultural communication, which then led to her moving into the field of international higher education, where she worked for 8 years supporting the welfare of international students in Universities in Cardiff and Bath.
Through the voluntary role she held for two years as the Regional Co-ordinator for the Association of International Student Advisers, Liz has developed an extensive network of contacts working in international higher education in Wales. Alongside this she maintained links with the refugee support community through voluntary work with the Cardiff based charity Asylum Justice.
Liz’s professional background has left her with a keen interest in the role of education in international development, with a particular emphasis on gender issues and female empowerment. The newest member of the Hub Cymru Africa team, she manages the £1000 small grants scheme and the administration of the project as a whole.
Brân Devey – Communications, Media and Events Coordinator
Originally from north Wales, Brân studied International Relations at the University of Bradford Peace Studies Department and joined us from Natural Resources Wales, having worked there and at The Countryside Council for Wales as a Public Relations Officer for five and a half years.
He has an interest in current affairs and has spent time volunteering, working and travelling in Cameroon and Lesotho. Brân has also visited Nicaragua as part of a delegation looking at a variety of issues including Fair Trade.
He is a member of the Charity CommsWales steering group and the Bond International Development Communications steering group and is a keen advocate of the Narrative Project. When not in the office Brân can often be found walking the hills and mountains and coast of Wales looking for adventure.
We are currently funded through the Wales for Africa programme of the Welsh Government.